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    September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t … [Read More...]

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    Spelling You See Video Review

    Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a … [Read More...]

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    2015 7th Grade Homeschool Schedule

    I don’t know about you, but 7th grade is a little bit intimidating! It just seems like things start getting more serious around now. High school is on the horizon, and this mama can’t believe that her baby girl is officially in Jr. High! If you’ve been following my daily schedules you’ll notice … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the … [Read More...]

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    10 Back-To-School Sanity Saver Tips

    Hey everyone! It's all about back-to-school time over here at the Confessions Household. And for me that means that I need to get all of my ducks in a row and spring back into action from my otherwise lazy routine we've lulled into over the course of the summer.   Here are some tips I use … [Read More...]

AUG
03
2015

2015 Omnibus Bundle!

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Good morning everyone! As many of you prepare to head back to school, I have an amazing resource to help you. But it’s not just for homeschooling. This bundle is more like a life bundle! And you’ve probably guessed by the title of this post that I’m talking about the 2015 Omnibus which is now available! ~ SALE EXPIRED SORRY! Check back next year for a whole new set of goodies! ~   The bundle will be available this week ONLY from Aug. 3- Aug. 9th, 2015 so make sure to order now if you’re interested! ~ SALE EXPIRED SORRY! Check back next year for a whole new set of goodies! ~   What is the Omnibus? Once a year iHomeschoolNetwork puts together a special package from all of our favorite bloggers and authors. The package is basically a digital stockpile of amazing information to help you on not only your homeschooling journey, but also your parenting journey! There are a ton of helpful resources for homeschooling, organization, meal planning, life … [Read more...]

AUG
02
2015

2015 – 1st Grade Homeschool Schedule

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I spent the weekend planning with some friends, and I think we’re ready to go! Each year I do an overview of our basic daily schedule by grade level. Hopefully this will help those of you who wonder how many times per week we do certain subjects, and how long we spend on each one as well. In our state we’re required to do 172 days per year averaging 4 hours per day for any students 6 years or older. And this year that applies to all of my kiddos! I’m expecting it to be a crazy year, but hopefully with everything planned out it won’t be too bad. I’m going to start off sharing Miss Lady Bug’s schedule today. She’s currently 6 years old, she’ll turn 7 in November! Eeek! She’s starting first grade this year and here’s her line up: Download a copy: 1st Grade Daily Schedule – PDF 1st Grade Daily Schedule  – Word Doc (Editable) Here’s our Basic Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time 9:00am   – Calendar Time & … [Read more...]

JUL
30
2015

August 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning! Well, I don’t know about you, but August means back-to-school for us! Which comes with some mixed feelings of excitement over new curriculum and fresh new school supplies, whoot whoot! And a little bit of anxiety over the chaos that I know is coming our way. It seems like everything starts up at once, school, sports, extra activities, and before I can even blink it’s almost Christmas! That said, my monthly meal plan has been a huge blessing when our schedule starts to get crazy. I have to confess that over the summer I’m not so great at following my plan. Things are nice and relaxed and we kind of just do whatever we feel like that day for food. But man when school starts it seriously aids in my sanity levels to have a meal plan. It’s just one less thing I have to think about and keep track of. So here we go! Download the 2015 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2015 Auust Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2015

How to stop procrastination in your homeschool

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Do you find your kids procrastinating instead of doing their schoolwork in a diligent and timely fashion?  Do your kids dawdle, sharpen pencils, get water, then go to the bathroom and eventually get to their work only after chasing them down? Don’t worry your not alone! I’d venture to bet that procrastination is probably found in most homes. And it can definitely become a problem for a homeschooling mama with more than one child to teach. Like if you hypothetically have four children for example. Fine, it’s not a hypothetical for me. I do have four children. And procrastination isn’t a hypothetical for us either! It was like an everyday occurrence back in the day. Why children procrastinate. Honestly I think that when talking about procrastination and homeschooling it has a bit to do with just getting used to a more formal schedule. And getting used to mom as your teacher. And figuring out that there are assignments that you actually do need to accomplish. Sometimes … [Read more...]

JUL
26
2015

2015-2016 Homeschool Lesson Planner

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Hi everyone! I have had a ton of requests for an 2015-2016 8x10 Homeschool Lesson Planner that similar to my 5x7 lesson planner, so that’s what we’re doing today!   You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need!   What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the August 2015 – July 2016 school year. This planner is portrait format for easier printing and binding. Planner runs from August 2015 - July 2016 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 year-at-a-glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month Grade book to help keep track of grades for the year Attendance tracking   Homeschool Extra Forms This planner also comes with a variety of forms to help you with your planning and record keeping. If there’s a form I forgot, … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2015

Our Curriculum 2015-2016

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by, and it’s time to start planning for the 2015-16 school year! I’ve had so many requests for our curriculum choices, so I thought I better put up a post with our choices for next year. Group and Independent work I’m listing the full curriculum per grade level below, and anything you see in orange is a group activity. This means that we do it together with all of kiddos combined. I like to choose a variety of both teacher led, independent, and group curriculum so that I’m not too overwhelmed with teaching 4 students at different levels all at the same time. Group activities are done together, and I just expect a little different level of work out of my children depending on their grade and skill level. Announcing… But first I’d like to announce the Teeny Tot’s new blog name! Since I’ve started blogging back in 2008, you’ll see that the teeny tot has gotten just a wee big bigger. And since she really isn’t a teeny tot … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2015

K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

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Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum) and want a fun hands-on kindergarten curriculum.  The curriculum introduces beginning reading, math and handwriting skills that will give your student a huge advantage as they proceed through their elementary years. Upon completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of simple addition and subtraction, place value, basic 1 and 2 vowel words, beginning reading skills, logical thinking and much more! With this curriculum you also receive 34 weeks worth of daily lesson plans to help guide you through a full year kindergarten skilled activities. Here’s a video review of my Kindergarten Curriculum to help give you a better idea … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2015

Letter of the Week Video Review

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fun summer break…if you take one that is. We are, and we’re looking at starting back up in August, so I’m trying to get everything prepared and ready to go! Today I thought it would be fun to do a video review of my Letter of the Week curriculum for those of you who are interested in seeing what it looks like.     Click here to watch the Letter of the Week video review!   The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It has 5 days per week of lesson plans full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more! There are over 1500 … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2015

Lakeshore Learning Science Tools Kit

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As most of you know, I’ve been participate in in Lakeshore’s summer learning ambassador program. And part of the fun of that is that I get to review some of their fun summer products which are geared towards learning through play. This happens to be one of my favorite ways to learn for those of you who don’t know me! One of the products I requested was the Lakeshore Science Tools kit. I originally thought that the Teeny Tot (who is now 6 and really needs a new alias) would enjoy this. But when the kit arrived, it was my 11 year old who scooped it up and immediately went to work! The kit costs $29.99 and comes with a bunch of fun lab tools  and illustrated experiment cards for kids to work through. It even came with those beloved test tubes, measuring spoons, beakers, and of course safety goggles which little kiddos love to play with. You really only need a few extra household items to complete most of the experiments. Things like sand, water, oil, food coloring, and … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2015

K4 Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

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Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests for a K4 Kindergarten sight word sentences worksheets. What makes these different from my other sight word sentence worksheets? Well, these words correlate directly with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum so you can use them as you go along through the program.   What do the worksheets include? Each worksheet has a new word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word several times. Then they will write it on their own. Next they will add the word to a funny sentence, and make up their own fun sentence to go along with their new word. Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. This is great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition of using and reading the word, along with the variety of activities … [Read more...]